The Emergence of Civilisation

The Emergence of Civilisation : From Hunting and Gathering to Agriculture, Cities and the State of the Near East


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The Emergence of Civilisation is a major contribution to our understanding of the development of urban culture and social stratification in the Near Eastern region. Charles Maisels argues that our present assumptions about state formation, based on nineteenth century speculations, are wrong. His investigation illuminates the changes in scale, complexity and hierarchy which accompany the development of civilisation. The book draws conclusions about the dynamics of social change and the processes of social evolution in general, applying those concepts to the rise of Greece and Rome, and to the collapse of the classical Mediterranean world.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 161.5 x 239.8 x 24.9mm | 644.11g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 65 line drawings, 20 maps
  • 0415096596
  • 9780415096591

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"A fascinating exposition of a new approach to explain the emergence of civilization in the Tigris-Euphrates valley. Coming from an anthropological perspective, Maisels provides a wide-ranging and penetrating analysis of the developmental process which brought agriculture, towns, and cities into being."-"Religious Studies Review

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The Emergence of Civilization argues that our present assumptions about state formation, based on nineteenth-century speculation, are wrong. Charles Maisels integrates archaeology, ecology and textual history into a new anthropological perspective.

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